Deputy FM: Political, economic cooperation with neighbors Iran’s priority

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi underlined that political and economic cooperation with the neighboring countries sets a priority for Tehran.

“Iran’s definite priority in area of political and economic cooperation are its neighbors as we firmly believe that cooperation and partnership of the regional states is the key to growth, development, welfare and security of all our nations,” Sarmadi said, addressing a joint forum of Iranian governor-generals and heads of missions across the world in Tehran on Sunday.

Explaining why Iran has chosen its neighbors as its main political and economic partner, he said the country’s location in vital trade and transit routes, existence of major markets in the neighboring countries, lucrative projects for foreign investment, tourism attractions and tens of other potentials are among the strong and promising reasons for developing relations with neighbors in all fields.

Iranian officials have on many occasions underlined the country’s enthusiasm for the further development of ties and cooperation with neighbors.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated in January that convergence and interaction with Iran’s neighboring states, specially the Persian Gulf states, stood atop Tehran’s foreign policy.

“We have had good relations with our neighbors since a long time ago because of (our) common cultural roots,” President Rouhani said, addressing a press conference in Bushehr province, Southern Iran.

“We share common regional cultural roots and all of us take pride in the novel religion of Islam and following the path of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH),” the Iranian president added.

Also last February, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani underlined in a meeting with his Kuwaiti counterpart Marzouq Al-Ghanim that Iran was persistent in maintaining its friendly ties with the neighboring countries.

“Pursuing maintenance of friendly and brotherly ties with the neighbors has always been the Islamic Republic of Iran’s strategic policy,” Larijani said at the time.

By Fars News Agency